Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Overwhelmed by Gifts

February 16-18, George Town
En route from Conception Island to George Town, our alternator broke down. At first it seemed like very bad timing. Knowledgeable cruisers said we should wait until we reached Nassau to have it repaired. We were very happy that we had bought a Honda generator, but with guests about to arrive, we didn’t want to run the generator day and night.

In December back in St. Augustine, we had met two couples traveling on Jeanneau sailboats. One of them, Zingaro, owned by Juan and Estela, is a sister ship. Over the miles we had run into them and chatted several times. They “happened” to be in George Town when we came back there, we stopped to talk with them, and they “happened” to have an extra alternator of exactly the type we needed. They very graciously offered it to us and wouldn’t even take any payment (we’ll try to work something out when we stop at their place in Baltimore on our way back home). Thanks, Juan and Estela!

Sunday, we attended Beach Church in George Town and felt blessed to be in such a welcoming community. That afternoon, Rachael gave me a two-hour massage. You're the best, Rachael!

We’ve received so many gifts along they way, from practical help and kindnesses to the privilege of being out here in the middle of such beauty. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17). We feel overwhelmed and undeserving, but thank God for every gift of grace.

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